What Empowered Community can do for Tb Care? Experience from India

Authors

  • B M Prasad The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  • G S Rao The Catholic Health Association of India
  • J Rajpal The Catholic Health Association of India
  • K K Reddy The Catholic Health Association of India
  • D Sharma The Catholic Health Association of India
  • S Danial The Catholic Health Association of India
  • K Kumar The Catholic Health Association of India
  • B D Gupta The Catholic Health Association of India
  • S Mohanty The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  • S S Chadha The Catholic Health Association of India

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3126/saarctb.v13i1.16927

Keywords:

Community Empowerment, Patient Centric approach, District Tuberculosis Forum, Project Axshya

Abstract

The community engagement strategies of Tuberculosis programmes prioritized on increasing case finding. There are limited evidences on - what an empowered community can do for Tuberculosis care? An innovative community empowerment model was developed and implemented in districts of India as “District Tuberculosis Forum” (DTF) under Project Axshya to engage and empower community. The paper here describes the contributions made by empowered forum members. We collected quantitative data from 77 districts for activities conducted during June 2013 to July 2014. The analysis is focused on activities conducted within patient centric, community and programme centric approaches. Empowered community members sensitized over 9000 TB patients on their rights and responsibilities and generated resources to support nearly 700 patients. The model is promising with key stakeholders at district level coming forward to get involved in activities supporting Tuberculosis prevention and care with an aim to END –TB.

SAARC L TUBER DIS HIV/AIDS, 2016;XIII(1), page: 39-42

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S S Chadha, The Catholic Health Association of India

The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease

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Published

2017-03-09

How to Cite

Prasad, B. M., Rao, G. S., Rajpal, J., Reddy, K. K., Sharma, D., Danial, S., Kumar, K., Gupta, B. D., Mohanty, S., & Chadha, S. S. (2017). What Empowered Community can do for Tb Care? Experience from India. SAARC Journal of Tuberculosis, Lung Diseases and HIV/AIDS, 13(1), 39–42. https://doi.org/10.3126/saarctb.v13i1.16927

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Short Communications